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Prof. Anja Feldmann, Ph.D.

Computer Science/Computer Networks/Internet, Berlin Institute of Technology

Prof. Anja Feldmann, Ph.D.

Prof. Anja Feldmann, Ph.D.

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Anja Feldmann is the scientific expert on the internet in Germany and a leading figure in the international internet research community. Her work on internet routing, traffic analysis and modelling has advanced basic research and played a decisive role in the ongoing development of the Internet. Feldmann's studies of the potentials and limits of web proxy caching have shaped the business decisions of countless internet services, and technologies for compressing and sending web page updates based on her findings have become ubiquitous elements in internet browsers and servers. Feldmann was also involved in the development of Netscope, a set of software tools for visualizing and optimizing internet service traffic with which she developed the first internet service traffic matrix. Building on this technology, Feldmann went on to create a global traffic matrix encompassing the entire internet. Her recent work has focused on technologies for detecting and defending high speed networks against malicious attacks, as well as new web applications and forms of internet usage such as chats, Web 2.0 and social networking. Feldmann's findings will be used to further improve internet architecture.

Anja Feldmann's unique combination of theoretical insight and practical know-how goes back to her research in the USA. After studying computer science in Paderborn, Feldmann completed her doctorate at Carnegie Mellon University before joining computer and technology giant AT&T to work in their research laboratories. Feldmann was just 33 years old when she was awarded a professorship at Saarland University, which she later left to join the Technical University of Munich, tuning down two other calls to professorship. In 2006 she accepted the Deutsche Telekom AG Endowed Chair for "Intelligent Networks and Management of Distributed Systems" at the Berlin Institute of Technology.